Παρασκευή, 27 Μαΐου 2011

Social Media and Health (EN)

In the age of Twitter, the Facebook generation and the need for a global society, the creation of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, wikis, etc.) is an important role in daily life of every person. From the first moment of chat rooms (typing text conversation with a computer in real time) until the time of Tweeting or Facebook Likes, we have passed the new trend of internet users to communicate their health problems or experiences. As a result of this, we notice the increasing of content on the internet which is relevant to health issues. Tips exchanged between patients, suggestions for the most qualified doctors, spread the news concerning the development of some diseases, creating websites that focus in health are emerging daily. How secure and accurate information are available online; What risks may cause incorrect information.; What is to blame for this;
A simple comparison of statistics shows that a growing proportion of patients rapidly moving to the internet and social media in order to search immediate and no cost medical information. On the other hand the number of health professionals, important personalities who shape opinions in the health sector as well as the medical community itself is unaware and indifferent to this need of patients which it has begun to take shape now online.
The online patients realised that the gap between doctors and themselves to use the Internet and specifically the Social Media,  hides a danger of falling into traps or even making the wrong paths. Now more than ever the need for information, education and contribution of the medical community is imperative. In order to ensure the integrity of life for patients, doctors will have to specialize and even more to look to the new order that changes the landscape of health.